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Questions tagged [wood]

For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

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How to build a sturdy forest road gate out of roundwood?

I want to build a road gate for a forest road apx. 10ft wide. I've fixed a gate at home and learned that hinges are a key point of failure and are strained more by weight and length of the gate. Given ...
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marking & cutting odd plywood shape

I need to create a non-standard shape of thick plywood (1+") for an extension to a kitchen island. Shape is something like this: ... the size is roughly 3ft-square, and the inside and outside ...
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Protect screws in joint and make it look nicer?

So this is what the joint looks like. It's solid, but as you can see, the screws are exposed so they'll be rusting pretty soon. Also, the joint looks horrible. It's PT wood. What can I buy to make ...
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How to get rid of smell after wood stain applied?

I recently stained some homemade wooden buttons for my wife. The buttons were bade from poplar wooden dowels sliced to 2-3mm thickness. Some quick light sanding was done to each button. I then used ...
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A minimal regimen to remove the last bits of oil paint after applying stripper?

What is the best way to remove the last bits of softened paint in the panel crevices after applying paint stripper, shown above at right? I'm stripping 100+ years of paint (including lead paint) from ...
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Join two 2x4" so that screws are not visible?

How can I join two 2'x4' pieces of treated wood like in the picture so that the screws are not visible? Or maybe it's possible not to use screws?
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What causes popping in new wood floor when furnace turns on?

I just had new solid wood floors installed and i hear popping where the floor meets my kitchen wall each time the furnace turns on (lasts for about 3 minutes). what causes the popping and how do I ...
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Floorboards have come loose

Front porch has old tongue and groove flooring. The nails at the end of the boards have come loose and two boards have buckled. What’s the best way to go about resetting them? I hate to cut away the ...
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How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I've been given the Christmas task of setting up an HO model train and rails around a child's room, so I researched a bit and found a shelf train would be the thing. So I go to measure the room in ...
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Make a wooden swing with material constraints

I'm going to make a swing as a project with my kids. I'm constrained by the timber available and wondering if doing the whole thing with 4 by 4's will be ok rather than a thicker top bar. Or if I ...
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Can 'Acacia ' tree wood be used for window shutters?

I am planning to use acacia tree wood (Herculus wood) instead of Honne (in India) for window shutters, will acacia tree window shutters is durable and sustainable?
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Wood finish to handle high temperatures (not turn cloudy)

I'm building a mobile bench top for my home brewing system. The system will be all electric powered by heating elements actually in the kettles (think hot water heating elements). When this type of ...
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Slight sag in floors

There is a slight sag in first floor of home. All hardwood and it is along middle of house between walkway from living room to kitchen. It is right above our crawl space and it seems the issue was ...
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How do I attach a wooden post to existing concrete steps?

Background At the front of my house I have concrete steps leading up to the porch. Having just rebuilt the porch, I've discovered that they are actually concrete veneer over brick. It appears that ...
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Can you use Metal Oil based paint on wood Shelving

I'm looking to avoid using latex paint to paint my new OSB Wood. I know latex is easier to work with, but it seems far less durable when it comes to something that will see heavy use, like garage ...
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How to affix a wooden branch to the ceiling as a chandelier?

I am making a chandelier that consists of a wood branch and some hanging lights. However, I'm not sure how to hang it: Should I have 3 parallel ropes hanging from the ceiling (2 to support the wood, ...
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Floor Joist Cracked

Crack along floor Joist in crawl space. Another similar on the same joist further down. Major issue or simple fix? Suggestions?
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Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
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Straighten and strengthen this joint?

How can I straighten and strengthen this joint? I can remove the screws holding them together if needed, but that's pretty much all I can do.
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Will walnut work for an office table?

I am looking at getting a walnut butcher block table for an office because the dark color will work well with the existing color scheme. The maker offers a choice of "natural oil finish" and "varnique ...
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What did my hardwood installer do wrong here?

Long story short, my installer didn't rack my beautiful reclaimed wood floor. He had tons of light pieces grouped together. I asked him to remove the light pieces and patch in the darker pieces I ...
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Cleaning oily wood

I have an old table that I tried to clean up with Howard's restor-a-finish (walnut, because that's what I had) followed by some feed-and-wax a few months ago. I realized later that something brown is ...
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Mounting TV to steel I-Beam

Is it safe to drill and tap an i-beam in order to mount wood to it, to then mount a TV to the wood? TV and mount will weigh about 100lbs combined. I plan on using 1/4 bolts, and the two pieces of ...
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Mysterious Circle of missing varnish on newer dressor

Can anyone tell me what is going on here? On stumped. This is the side of a 7 drawer dresser. The side shown faces nothing but a wall and for the four years that I've had this piece it has literally ...
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Wood creaking sound (intermittent, but persistent), how to finally put it to rest

So we bought a house built in 1986 last year. Over the past year, I've been able to identify a single (and I do meant SINGLE) knocking sound which generally repeats every 20-60 seconds until I go to ...
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Cut already-installed trim / quarter round to mount bracket

I need to make two 2" gaps in already-install trim / quarter round to install mounting brackets for blinds. How best to make these cuts? Refer to red boxes in this photo: This is an inside tight ...
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Reattach quarter-round molding under front door

The quarter-round molding under my front door came off recently when I opened the door. The molding was attached to the doorsill with two different kinds of adhesive. Apparently the rubber weather ...
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Can I varnish wooden worktops that have previously been oiled?

The previous owners of our house fitted wooden worktops in the kitchen. While these look nice, they need constant maintenance (re-oiling every three months) to stop water getting in - which we don't ...
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Extending a narrow high kitchen table with lateral side-wings

We have a narrow raised kitchen table (with bar stools): I would like to build a simple extension for it so that more people fit around the table. Something like this (or this) would be ideal, but ...
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Is it necessary to use ceiling joists (ties) with conventional rafters?

I am going to be putting up an outbuilding with rafters. Is it necessary to use a ceiling joist with conventional rafters? This picture shows that I need one (https://www.carpentry-pro-framer.com/...
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Is “unstructural plywood” suitable for shelving carrying a microwave oven?

I want to put up a shelf for a microwave, which I guess weighs around 10 kg. In the UK plywood is marketed as either "structural" or "unstructural". Is "unstructural" a good choice for this ...
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Attaching painted MDF to finished wood wall

I am working on a project where I have been given painted letters made of MDF wood that need to be mounted permanently on a wall that is covered with finished ( rough ) pallet wood. One of the ...
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Mounting Computer Under Particle Board Desk

I would like to mount a computer under a desktop made from particle board, the desktop is 1/2 inch thick, the computer plus mount weighs about 25lbs. Would the particle board hold? How could I mount ...
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Wood damage and steel support together

We have a wood house and I noticed some water damage on one of the logs. I began repairing and wasn't very concerned because of the steel beam that sits on top of it. The steel beam should be ...
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Wood Table Spots

Having issues with white spots before and after adding poly. Staining it covers it up but it comes back after a coat of poly. I've stained-poly and now, removed both and here's what it looks like ...
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What wood joint can I use to connect railing members over a post?

For the fence we'll be using 2"x4" pressure-treated wood that will be attached to 4"x4" PT posts with wood screws. What wood joint should I use so that I don't need to buy any more hardware to make ...
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Identifying stain on wood

We try to identify the stain on the wood here. It's part of a roof support, and the only place we can find it. Does somebody know what it is? We try to determine if it's possible to reuse the wood ...
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What is this wood joint called?

What is this wood joint called and how difficult is it to accomplish? What tools would I need beside a regular saw? It would be with 2"x4" wood over 4"x4" wood.
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Cedar wood strong enough for hinge?

I am attempting to build my own gate for an 40 inch break in the fence so that my deck could be fully enclosed. I bought a self-closing latch that says the max weight it could hold is about 50 pounds ...
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Need help with sagging gate double gates

My gate used to be a single very large gate, but a local handyman cut in half about 3 years ago and made it a double-sided gate with a latch in the middle and a ground rode on one side. Both sides ...
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Refilling extra space between rail and posts for inserting screws?

I'm working on a wooden fence, similar to the picture below. It has a 2"x4" wood rail that will be the length of all four 4"x4" pressure-treated wood posts. This rail will be attached to the posts ...
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Help with moldy deck from bad boiled linseed oil job

I need some opinions on what to do about my deck. About about a month and a half ago we applied linseed oil to our deck. Our first mistake was that the deck had a sealant, so the oil didn't really ...
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Building Rafters for OutBuilding

I am going to be constructing an outbuilding for livestock. It will be 32 ft. x 32 ft. I plan to use rafters instead of trusses. Is it OK to use 2x6's with 48 in. OC for the rafters at a 3/12 pitch? I ...
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What type of wood is suitable for fascia?

I'm replacing some fascia boards, I am looking for something that is rot-resistant but I am hesitant to use pressure treated lumber due to shrinkage as it dries out and I don't want gaps (project has ...
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Building a shelf question, weight bearing advice needed

If I were to take a bunch of 1x2's, say 13, and glue them face to face to reach a desired shelf depth of 9.75" (plus a 1/2" nicer wood facing to reach my total depth needed of 10.25"), a length of 6' ...
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Should I ask if wall was inspected for moisture?

My Mother lives in a community where the maintenance crew is supposed to maintain the grounds and outside of the condo buildings. I submitted a work order, because some of the wood panels on the ...
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Wood plank falling off fence

A wooden plank on my fence is sagging. It's stuck so it's very hard to push it back up. How do I put it back in place and what tool should I use?
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Strengthening a Bamboo Ladder (After a Mistake)

I am a newbie to this so please be gentle. I had some dried out bamboo lying around and for some reason, I decided to make a ladder out of it. I got one of my measurements wrong and cut out a notch ...
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How to fix laminated wardrobe door?

Two chips have come off from the edge of our wardrobe door. I think it's some kind of laminated plywood, and was wondering if it would be possible to fix it in place, or at least without having to get ...
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Is it safe to store a wheel/tire set in my garage loft area?

I'm not sure how much they weigh. I assume around 50lbs a piece. Here is the area I will store them in: https://i.imgur.com/Ys2LnOf.jpg Any specific way I should arrange the load or am I worrying ...